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About Ailsa McNeil

Ailsa is a Trainee Solicitor currently assisting Raj Chada and Mike Schwarz in the Criminal Defence team. She was previously training in the Medical Negligence team under the supervision of Dawn Treloar. She joined Hodge Jones & Allen as a Paralegal in December 2019 and started her training contract in September 2022.

Prior to joining the firm she volunteered for the AIRE Centre, a legal charity that provides free legal advice on human rights and EU law issues.

Career & Education


  • Trainee Solicitor, Hodge Jones & Allen, September 2022 – present
  • Paralegal, Hodge Jones & Allen, December 2019 – September 2022
  • Project Officer, Cabinet Office, April 2019 – December 2019
  • Legal Caseworker, the AIRE Centre, October 2018 – April 2019


  • LPC, University of Law, 2020-22 (Distinction)
  • LLM Public Law, University College London (Merit)
  • Law with Politics, The University of Manchester (First Class)

Personal interests
Ailsa enjoys running, swimming in her local lido and reading.

Further Reading Ailsa McNeil
Criminal Defence
Falsely Accused Of Crime
General Crime
Financial Crime and Regulatory